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Create Your Ideal Cardiovascular Fitness Program

If you are ready to start an exercise program, aerobic fitness is the place to begin,” says Ellen Wilson, Physical Therapist and Director of Therapy Services at UCLA. “If you’re already exercising and ready to pick up the pace, aerobic activities will improve the quality of your life and may

What Is Cortisol and What Does It Have to Do with Stress?

What Is Cortisol and What Does It Have to Do with Stress?

Cortisol is often referred to as the “stress hormone,” because it becomes more abundant when we are faced with a stressful situation. It affects the heart rate, breathing patterns, and other aspects of the body’s “fight or flight” response. But just what is cortisol? And what does it do? Probably

Bone Broth Benefits Your Joints, Gut and More

Bone Broth Benefits Your Joints, Gut and More

Every few years, a new “superfood” hits the internet and becomes all the craze. Now is unlike any other time as drinking bone broth for health benefits has become the latest fad on social media. But, is bone broth really healthy? The answer depends on how it is made.

In order

Preventing Bedsores: 8 Strategies to Help

Preventing Bedsores: 8 Strategies to Help

Bedsores—also known as pressure sores or pressure ulcers—are a big risk for people who spend an extended time either prone or in a wheelchair due to illness, frailty, injury, surgery, or disability.

Lying or sitting in in one position places pressure on certain areas of the body. This pressure reduces

Exercise Can Help Ease the Discomfort of Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia affects up to 10 million Americans, according to the National Fibromyalgia Association. Widespread pain is a characteristic of the condition, along with tender points that hurt if pressure is applied, fatigue, and headaches. Fibromyalgia also is associated with depression, poor sleep, problems with thinking and memory, and digestive conditions

Self-Help Strategies Can Ease the Discomfort and Hemorrhoids

The word “hemorrhoid” is actually a medical term for cushions of tissue that surround blood vessels in the anal area. But what most of us would call a hemorrhoid occurs when this tissue prolapses through the sphincter muscle, exposing the delicate skin lining the rectum. Unfortunately you become more vulnerable

What to Do if You Fall in Your Home

In last month’s issue we reported on recent research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, May 11) pointing to a significant increase in the number of older adults dying from falls over the last decade. Falls are also a leading cause of nonfatal

Can Diet Reverse Type 2 Diabetes?

If you have type 2 diabetes, you’ve likely heard that lifestyle changes may give you a clean bill of health. While diet and exercise can help tamp down blood sugar levels and dial back the need for certain medications, a cure for type 2 diabetes isn’t so straightforward.

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5. Fruit Superfoods

Fruits have been cultivated, preserved, and enjoyed year-round by people all over the world for centuries. While many common varieties of fruits may be familiar to you—Bosc pears, bing cherries, Red Delicious apples—there are thousands of varieties of fruits. Supermarkets are offering more varieties of produce every day, and community

2. Protein-Rich Superfoods

Protein is an essential component of any healthy dietary pattern. Your body uses protein to build, maintain, and repair bones, muscles, and skin, and it’s a key ingredient in hemoglobin, a substance in blood that delivers oxygen throughout your body. Protein also provides the material to make enzymes, hormones, antibodies,

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